Demian Bichir

Quentin Tarantino has finalized the cast for his next film, The Hateful Eight. We already knew almost all of them: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Walton Goggins, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Now two new names have been added. Yes, Channing Tatum is one of them. The other is Demian Bichir, the Oscar-nominated star of A Better Life and current star of The Bridge.

Below, find out who each actor is playing and read the official press release about The Hateful Eight cast. Read More »

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Hateful Eight Jennifer Jason Leigh

So far, info on the cast for Quentin Tarantino‘s The Hateful Eight has been little more than speculation. While we have a good idea that actors such as Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, and Walton Goggins will have roles in the film, thanks in part to their participation in the live-read of the script, nothing has been officially revealed. Now for The Hateful Eight Jennifer Jason Leigh is set as the first official cast member. She’ll play Daisy Domergue, a woman wanted for murder who begins the film in the clutches of a bounty hunter. Read More »

Amityville The Awakening trailer

35 years after it scared away the Lutzes, 112 Ocean Avenue continues to welcome new residents in Amityville: The Awakening. This time around, the poor fools are single mom Joan (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and her three kids: pouty Belle (Bella Thorne), cutesy Juliet (McKenna Grace), and coma-struck James (Cameron Monaghan).

As always, the family starts out optimistic about their new digs. It’s near some excellent medical facilities, all the better to treat James’s illness. Then, as always, bizarre things start happening. Watch the first Amityville: The Awakening trailer after the jump.

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Kristen Wiig in Bridesmaids

Produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, Welcome to Me features Kristen Wiig as a lady with multiple personalities. She then wins the lottery and spends the money on a TV show that’s about herself. It’s written by Eliot Laurence, directed by Shira Piven and starts production in August. Three actors were just added to the group, all of which add to the layered feel of the comedic drama. They are Tim Robbins, Linda Cardellini and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Read the full press release below. Read More »

The Spectacular Now

In James Ponsoldt‘s last film, Smashed, binge-drinking helped tear two married people apart. In his new one, The Spectacular Now, it brings two very different teens together, albeit in an unexpected way.

Miles Teller stars as popular, hard-partying Sutter, who drinks himself to oblivion one night after getting dumped by his girlfriend. He wakes up on the lawn of a classmate, sweet sci-fi geek Aimee (Shailene Woodley). Despite their differences, the two find themselves inexorably drawn together.

That setup may not sound like much of anything special, but the rave reviews out of Sundance indicate that Ponsoldt makes the most of it. Check out the first trailer and poster after the jump.

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At the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, I was blown away by a film called (500) Days of Summer. When I interviewed director Marc Webb in Park City that year, he exclusively revealed that he was working with the 500 Days writing team of Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber on a adaptation of Tim Tharp‘s The Spectacular Now. Then, hot off the success of Summer, Webb got pulled away to do some little superhero movie reboot.

Cut to the 2010 Sundance Film Festival: Smashed became one of the top buzz films of the festival with a critically acclaimed tour de force performance from Mary Elizabeth Winstead and an incredibly raw filmmaking style that put director James Ponsoldt on our must-watch list. So when it was announced that Ponsoldt would be taking over as director on The Spectacular Now, we were excited. And the movie does not disappoint.

The Spectacular Now is everything I hope a Sundance movie to be. It has heart, many laughs, story twists that will jolt you from your seat, and most importantly, the film speaks to a deep truth. It is an honest coming of age film about growing up and facing the great unknown that comes after high school, something we can all remember and relate to. But it tells that story without the forced nostalgia of other Hollywood films.

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There’s a load of brief TV news to offer up today, so let’s get right to it:

  • Real-life pols will cameo in Parks & Recreation‘s fifth season
  • Mindy Kaling will reprise her role as The Office‘s Kelly Kapoor
  • Speaking of which, here’s a poster for her new show The Mindy Project
  • Downton Abbey‘s third season trailer hints at the twists to come
  • Aaron Sorkin fires a lot of The Newsroom‘s writing staff
  • Patton Oswalt and Det. Kima Greggs (a.k.a. Sonja Sohn) head to Burn Notice
  • Clea Duvall joins American Horror Story‘s second season
  • Revenge casts Jennifer Jason Leigh as a presumed-dead character

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Greenberg

Focus Features has released a new three and a half minute featurette for Noah Baumbach‘s new comedy / drama Greenberg. Titled “Behind the Scenes: Brave At Our Age”, the featurette has sit down interviews with the stars, Ben Stiller, Rhys Ifans, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Greta Gerwig, talking about the story, movie, and director. It also touches on the original score created by James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem. Watch the featurette now, embedded after the jump.
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